The Public Service Department (PSD) is an agency within the executive branch of Vermont state government, and is charged with representing the public interest in energy, telecommunications, water and wastewater utility matters.

The mission of the PSD is to serve all citizens of Vermont through public advocacy, planning, programs, and other actions that Chris Recchia Photomeet the public's need for least cost, environmentally sound, efficient, reliable, secure, sustainable, and safe energy, telecommunications, and regulated utility systems in the state for the short and long term.

We work to advance Vermonter’s quality of life, economy and security through implementation of our statewide energy and telecommunications goals,  using sound statewide energy and telecommunications planning, strong public advocacy of the public good, and through strong consumer protection advocacy for individuals. 

For more information about the PSD, please visit our About Us page.

Christopher Recchia, Commissioner

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Proposed Changes to Vermont Yankee’s Site Emergency Plan

Entergy has proposed changes to its Site Emergency Plan at Vermont Yankee in Vernon, Vermont. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission must approve of these changes and is seeking comments on the proposal before making a ruling.


For information regarding the proposed changes to Vermont Yankee’s Site Emergency Plan, please click on the link to the Federal Register Notice of Consideration: https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2014/07/22/2014-17257/biweekly-notice-applications-and-amendments-to-facility-operating-licenses-and-combined-licenses#h-20  


Instructions for submitting comments are at the top of the link page. Alternatively, comments may be mailed to:  Cindy Bladey, Office of Administration, Mail Stop: 3WFN-06-A44M, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Washington, DC 20555-0001.


Comments must be filed by August 21, 2014.  A request for a hearing must be filed by September 22, 2014. 


Although the State of Vermont does not have jurisdiction over Vermont Yankee's Site Emergency Plan, the Department of Public Service and other state agencies intend to file comments with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission regarding this matter.


The full text of Vermont Yankee's license amendment request is available at:  http://pbadupws.nrc.gov/docs/ML1408/ML14085A257.pdf

2014 Vermont Clean Energy Industry Report

The 2014 Vermont Clean Energy Industry Report Released by Governor Shumlin

Joined by Public Service Department Commissioner Christopher Recchia, the Governor released the 2014 Vermont Clean Energy Industry Report, the first effort in the state to survey and describe the status and characteristics of Vermont’s clean energy industry.

CEDF FY 2015 Annual Program Plan and Allocations

June 13, 2014 -- Request for Public Comment on the FY 2015 Annual Program Plan and Allocations

  • The Clean Energy Development Fund released for public comment its Annual Program Plan and Budget Allocations for the 2015 fiscal year.  Included in the Plan are changes to the existing Small Scale Renewable Energy Incentive Program.

    Comments received by July 14, 2014 at 8:00 AM were given to the members of the Clean Energy Development Board for their consideration.  ComThe Clean Energy Development Board will vote on a final Plan and Budget Allocations for FY 2015 on July 25th, 2014.